Gofather of AWOL, Mr. Moseray Fadika, has said that the development organization has come a long way overcoming hurdles after hurdles to be where it was today.
Speaking at the 10th annual National Achievement Awards ceremony at the Family Kingdom, Aberdeen, Freetown, on Sunday, 30th December, 2012, Mr. Fadika said AWOL was borne out of an idea to bring young Sierra Leoneans together in the spirit of friendship, development, love for country and philanthropy.
In 2001, he said AWOL was formally launched at the British Council Hall by former President, His Excellency Dr. Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabbah.
The following year, the first National Achievement Awards was held.
Mr. Fadika said in the past 10 years AWOL has had significant achievements including the donation of an x-ray machine to the Connaught hospital which was desperately needed at the time; the painting of Lakka Hospital; the intervention at Fogbo Village after the fire disaster; and numerous educational scholarships to young under-privileged Sierra Leoneans.
He said AWOL is also investing hugely in the educational sector as evident in the annual June 16th Day of the African Child feeding and awards program for school children. Last year, he said, AWOL fed over 10, 000 school children nationwide and awarded them scholarships as well as donating learning materials.
“Today AWOL is a household name in Sierra Leone with proven longevity and credibility,” said Mr. Fadika.
The organization now has a befitting National Secretariat at 23 Pademba Road, Freetown and now internationally accessible via their website www. awolsl.org.
For the future, Mr. Fadika reechoed the aspirations of his current Chairman, Amb. Anthony Navo Jnr, regarding the construction of a state-of-the-art and fully functional multi-complex.
Above all, he said, AWOL intended to decentralize its operations to enable Sierra Leoneans in the provinces to fully participate in its programs.
“We are proud to be Sierra Leoneans with a culture of giving back and getting nothing in return by way of financial reward,” said Mr. Fadika, and paid tribute to its reliable partners.
Mr. Moseray Fadika was honoured by AWOL with a Special Recognition Award for his unquestionable love for the organization and for his undying support. The award was presented to him by His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.
Mr. Fadika thanked AWOL for the thought of recognizing his contribution to the development of AWOL and hailed President Koroma for his good works that led to his re-election.
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